TEAM

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CLARENCE E. CHOI

Group Leader

Dr Choi is Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. His research is on climate-driven landslide dynamics, engineered and nature-based solutions against landslide hazards, and the transport of microplastics in the geoenvironment. 


Clarence was awarded the 3rd Hutchinson lecturer, 2021 Bright Spark Award, 2017 Telford Premium Prize, 2017 R.M. Quigley Award, and 2015 Fugro Paper Prize. He was appointed Junior Fellow of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study from 2015 to 2019. 

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He is a Board Member of the International Consortium of Landslides of UNESCO, Chair-nominated Member of the Technical Committee on Slope Stability (TC208), nominated member of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC1) on natural slopes and landslides, and founding and current chair of the Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Mitigation Committee of the Association of Geohazard Professionals. He is Editor and Editorial Board member of Landslides, and Editorial Board member of Engineering Geology. 


Clarence obtained his PhD from HKUST and his BSc (with distinction) from the University of Calgary.  



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JIANTING DU

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Du obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Tsinghua University. He participated in a joint PhD program between Tsinghua and MIT. His research focus is on the dynamics of submarine debris flows.

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MOHAMMAD NIKOOEI

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Nikooei obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. His research focus is on applying SPH to the simulation of granular dynamics.

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JIAQI ZHANG

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Zhang obtained his PhD from Shandong University. His research area is on the effects of microplastics on the geoenvironment.

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FEIHONG GAO

PhD

Feihong Gao graduated from Central South University with first class academic standing. 

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PENGJIA SONG

PhD

Pengjia graduated from Sichuan University for his undergraduate studies with first class academic standing. His research focus is on the entrainment dynamics of debris flows.

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YIHAN WANG

PhD

Yihan obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Wuhan University, with first class standing and majoring in Hydraulic Structure Engineering. Her research focus is in the areas of rock mechanics and granular materials.  She was awarded a National Scholarship, the Wuhan University Scholarship on three occasions, and numerous other awards and honors. Yihan spent time on exchange in Canada at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Civil Engineering (Geotechnical).

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JIANTAO YU

PhD

Mr. Yu obtained his Masters from the University of Sydney. His research focus is on scaling considerations and complex boundary conditions for submarine debris flows.

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ZHENGYU LIANG

PhD

Zhengyu obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Central South University.

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JIAXU WANG

PhD

Jiaxu obtained his Master's degree from Dalian University of Technology with first-class academic standing.

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WILSON LAP YIN WAN

PhD

Wilson is currently a final year undergraduate student at HKU majoring civil engineering. He was given awarded the prestigious HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS), the Dean’s Honours List, the HKU Engineering Alumni Association Scholarship, the Western Harbour Tunnel Scholarship and the Wong Shek-Yung Enrichment Award. He completed the HKU Summer Research Program 2021 as a research assistant at Dr Choi's lab with outstanding performance.

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WEI JI

PhD

Wei obtained his BSc and his MSc degrees in Hydraulic Engineering from Hohai University with first class academic standing.

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NING MA

PhD

Ning obtained his MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology from the University of New South Wales.

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TIMOTHY XIONG

MPhil

Timothy graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BEng and worked as a geotechnical engineer at Fugro.

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TAIKUN HAN

MPhil

Taikun obtained his Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

 

ALUMNI

GEORGE R. GOODWIN

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (now Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment INRAE of France)

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EDRIC JULIAN

Research Assistant

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WILL KI CHUN CHAN

Research Assistant

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